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Afraid to Believe in Free Will

Afraid to Believe in Free Will

On 4/16 Brian Welter wrote: Psychologist Carl E. Begley's goal is to confront people when they or their counselor want to let themselves off of the moral hook. For the last hundred years psychology has been dominated by determinists who deny free will. They therefore deny human responsibility. This has led to the common sociological ... Solid Diagnosis of the Culture of Death

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5 Stars

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A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

On 4/10 Brian Welter wrote: The amateurish title does not do justice to the seriousness of the task and tone successfully undertaken by Stokes, a theologian with an engineering background. He puts the Enlightenment's aggressive atheism under the microscope, showing how belief in God is not irrational, but highly rational. He pivots ... Excellent View of the Logic of Faith

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5 Stars

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Real Marriage (Int'l)

Real Marriage (Int'l)

On 4/1 Brian Welter wrote: Typical of contemporary therapeutic Christianity, the Driscolls try to repair the damage of our pornified culture to marriage. They use the Bible as a sort of spiritual DSM-IV, showing how Scripture teaches that sex is good, wholesome, and a gift from God - as long as it is kept within a Christian marriage. Sex ... A Fine Illustration of Therapeutic Christianity

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2 Stars

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The Book of Man

The Book of Man

On 2/25 Brian Welter wrote: The Book of Man is a great book insofar as the collator and commenter keeps out the way and lets Plato, Milton, Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and other great men speak. Essentially a selection from the western canon, The Book of Man shows that the canon is the work of male genius. That should be the ... Mixed Signals for Men

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1 Stars

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The Fight of Our Lives

The Fight of Our Lives

On 2/16 Brian Welter wrote: The Fight of Our Lives is one of those books that makes a lot of useful observations, but never hits the bullseye. Bennett is guilty of the same shortcoming he accuses Americans and their leaders of having. They cannot say the full truth, either out of shame or out of blind ignorance. The author details ... Uneven Account of the War on Terror

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3 Stars

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Tyndale

Tyndale

On 2/11 Brian Welter wrote: More hagiography than biography, the constant stream of pro-Tyndale soundbites tends to confuse the reader. The author offers pieces of the life of Tyndale, but his constant unsubstantiated rambling into the Bible translator's greatness - as a writer, translator, Christian - overwhelm the reader. Teems' ... Manichean View of Things

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1 Stars

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December 1941

December 1941

On 12/10 Brian Welter wrote: Craig Shirley gets readers as close to the cultural action as possible in this day-by-day account of what happened in December 1941. He offers many insights into the isolationist America that, even with storm clouds on all horizons, still believed, perhaps a little naively, that it could avoid participating ... Repetitive Portrayal

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2 Stars

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Why Men Hate Going to Church

Why Men Hate Going to Church

On 11/12 Brian Welter wrote: This revised version of the original book offers churchgoers a reality check. Church emasculates men, and offers an environment rich in feminine thinking and visual cues. It therefore repels men. Yet without the risk-taking, energy, and skills that men possess, churches decline. Through observation, ... Excellent Analysis of a Religious and Societal Failure

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5 Stars

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Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky

On 9/12 Brian Welter wrote: Biographer Peter Leithart uses a fictionalized account, mostly through Fyodor Dostoevsky's reminiscences with an old friend, to portray the life and times of the author of Crime and Punishment. Leithart does a terrific job fitting Dostoevsky into the intellectual and political currents of his day. He ... Religious, Idealist Dostoevsky Portrayed

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3 Stars

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J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

On 7/28 Brian Welter wrote: The author takes readers on a trip back in time to the culture that formed the great fantasy writer JRR Tolkien. Born in South Africa and raised in England, his difficult childhood didn't prevent him from developing a deep love for the rural, medieval, most poetic parts of England. Preferring Germanic ... Inspiring Survey of LOTR's Genius

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4 Stars

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Why God Won't Go Away

Why God Won't Go Away

On 7/19 Brian Welter wrote: Christian theologian Alister McGrath spends as much time highlighting New Atheism's weaknesses as he does examining how the human hunger for God does not seem to be dissipating. The anti-theists' anger seems strange, given their supposed adherence to rationalism. If they are so rational, why do they ... Reasoned Argument Againt Atheist Illogic

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5 Stars

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The Book that Made Your World

The Book that Made Your World

On 5/19 Brian Welter wrote: Mangalwadi takes a Protestant view of history, honoring Wycliffe, Hus, Tyndale, Luther, Calvin, and the Protestant world in general for advances in science, human rights, politics, and economics. Hope is the great lesson of the Bible, and Protestants, as Bible-readers, developed a fuller reading than ... Interesting Account

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2 Stars

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Washington

Washington

On 5/4 Brian Welter wrote: Vickery and Mansfield endeavor to portray something of Washington's character while also providing a play-by-play of the military and political situation. The authors are at their best describing the hard work America's first president faced as a young man when clearing thick brush, facing bitter cold ... Action-Packed Introduction to President Washington

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4 Stars

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

On 4/10 Brian Welter wrote: Rick Marschall offers readers a glimpse of the society and heritage of Johan Sebastian Bach. The composer came from a long line of musicians, and his sons followed in his footsteps. His whole life was dedicated to music. In fact, one could say that, according to the author, his whole life was dedicated ... Excellent Introduction Leaves Readers Wanting More

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5 Stars

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Galileo

Galileo

On 4/4 Brian Welter wrote: Stokes carefully lays out the historical and scientific setting in which the Galileo drama unfolded. He explains step-by-step the relevant mathematical and philosophical issues related to Aristotelian cosmology. He shows the close connection between scholastic theology, based on Aristotle's philosophy, ... How Galileo was a Man of the Church, Not against It

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4 Stars

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Doing Virtuous Business

Doing Virtuous Business

On 3/29 Brian Welter wrote:

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In Constant Prayer

In Constant Prayer

On 3/17 Brian Welter wrote: Bensen talks a lot about himself, and very little, if any, about Christ. "God" is sufficiently vague to be anything higher. The author claims that he doesn't want to get into theological mudslinging, but without Christ, and with "God" being so bland, who is he praying to? So Bensen inadvertently portrays ... Narcissistic Spirituality

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1 Stars

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Sabbath

Sabbath

On 1/26 Brian Welter wrote: Dan B Allender's book is great for the Christless Christianity crowd - those ministers and Christian sheep who like to talk about "spirituality" and who think that "the gospel" is me talking about me. Far from being the Father, "God" is the feminized divinity enmeshed with humans, joyful and not serious. ... Saccharine Theology

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1 Stars

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The Sacred Journey

The Sacred Journey

On 12/30 Brian Welter wrote: Foster opposes feminized, stay-at-home Christianity, offering a more masculine, adventurous spiritual practice instead. Rejecting the sentimentality-plagued Sunday-morning nonsense of most churches, Catholic and Protestant, he argues that Christianity is about being uncomfortable and out of the routine, ... Shaking off the Nonsense

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5 Stars

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Jungle Warfare

Jungle Warfare

On 12/6 Brian Welter wrote: While the author, a Christian salesman, aims Jungle Warfare at other Christians in sales, any churchperson can benefit. Believers must live their lives as part of the great struggle between good and evil which Christ came to fight and win. We are on the winning side, the reader is reminded, but the work ... Fight the Good Fight

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On This Day in Christian History

On This Day in Christian History

On 11/10 Brian Welter wrote: Much of On This Day tells the story of American history, and of how Christians played an enormous role in building the country. Their efforts sometimes seemed to exceed human capacity, as with Samuel Berry, who "worked tirelessly," making brooms in the day and working the fields until 2 a.m. Readers ... Wide-Ranging View of Christian History

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4 Stars

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The Nativity Collection

The Nativity Collection

On 10/20 Brian Welter wrote: A charming book with warm-hearted illustrations and photos about Christmas, The Nativity Collection tries to put the Christianity back into Christmas. Gifts are not valuable because they are expensive, but because they are an extension of the person, a gift from the heart. Christmas is about giving ... Christmas with Christ

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4 Stars

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Seeds of Turmoil

Seeds of Turmoil

On 9/10 Brian Welter wrote: Wright offers a concise, crystal-clear analysis of Middle East politics from the get-go until now. His historiography is biblical. He interprets every past event from a biblical, theological perspective, endeavoring to show throughout his book how every significant incident fits into the divine plan. This ... One Biblical View of History

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2 Stars

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Saint Francis

Saint Francis

On 8/6 Brian Welter wrote: Saint Francis was a revolutionary who underwent intense personal struggle and sacrifice over the course of many years to finally reach his calling. Even when he was a leading drunken reveler of Assisi, as the son of a rich cloth merchant, bits and pieces of this struggle towards sainthood came out. Robert ... Incomplete Bio of Great Medieval Saint

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2 Stars

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Beyond Opinion

Beyond Opinion

On 7/20 Brian Welter wrote: The various contributors to Beyond Opinion, including the well-known Ravi Zavharias, the book's editor, share their wealth of experience and knowledge in Christian apologetics. Their wisdom and humility impress the reader. Beyond Opinion shows that apologetics has become an intellectually sophisticated ... Optimistic Apologetics

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5 Stars

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Billy Graham

Billy Graham

On 6/13 Brian Welter wrote: Billy Graham's immense influence and success as an evangelist came from his deep yet simple piety and his need to be liked, David Aikman argues convincingly in his biography of "America's Pastor." Rather than a fawning account of the evangelist's life, Aikman never shies away from the weaknesses. Graham ... Bio Balances Out Graham's Life and Work

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3 Stars

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I Am Hutterite

I Am Hutterite

On 5/14 Brian Welter wrote: By Mary-Ann Kirby, 246 pages, Thomas Nelson Publishers.Mary-Ann Kirby does an exceptional job detailing the civilizational clash between her communal early upbringing on a Western Canadian Hutterite colony. Her father, feuding with the leaders, took his large family to go it alone. Kirby's years of ... I Am Hutterite

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4 Stars

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After the Hangover

After the Hangover

On 4/23 Brian Welter wrote: Emmett Tyrrell tells the history and perspectives of the conservative movement in the US through the personalities involved. He shows that these thinkers, originally a tightknit group fighting against the tide of big-government Liberals in the 1950s and after, changed the political landscape in the country, ... Appeal to Culture-Making Conservatives

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3 Stars

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Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton

On 3/24 Brian Welter wrote: Mitch Stokes builds a personal picture of Newton, showing how the great scientist went about formulating his discoveries. He emphasizes how this scientific outlook served Newton's deeply religious outlook. While Newton spent far more of his energy on theology and biblical studies than on anything else, ... Isaac Newton: Man of Faith

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4 Stars

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A Century Turns

A Century Turns

On 2/25 Brian Welter wrote: Conservative writer Bennett covers with a journalistic eye the cultural shift that occurred in America between the end of the Reagan era and the present day. He centers this analysis on the bruising politics of D.C., spending much time looking at the presidential campaigns and what the issues of the ... America's Shifting Culture

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4 Stars

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Five Cities That Ruled The World

Five Cities That Ruled The World

On 1/20 Brian Welter wrote: By Douglas Wilson, 236 pages, thomasnelson.com, $14.99.Wilson offers readers a Christian view of history, which is a refreshing departure from the usual deconstructing, anti-Caucasian, anti-Western, and anti-Christian views. Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and New York played central roles in the founding ... 5 Cities that Ruled the World

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3 Stars

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The Search for God and Guinness

The Search for God and Guinness

On 10/25 Brian Welter wrote: More a biography of the family and corporation than of the beer, The Search for God and Guinness nevertheless interweaves several interesting strands, including history, beer-making, and vast societal change. Mansfield keeps the storyline close to the people involved, painting interesting, believable, ... Guinness' Protestant Work Ethic

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3 Stars

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Love & Respect

Love & Respect

On 9/28 Brian Welter wrote: Love and Respect, though seemingly just another self-help, pop-psychology book, offers a potentially ground-breaking view of marriage. Rather than calling for the typical sissification of the man by getting him to talk about his feelings and in general see things through a woman's eyes, Dr. Eggerichs ... Book Shows Husband's Side

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5 Stars

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